Published 12:00 am Monday, March 16, 1998

By Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / March 16, 1998

LAPLACE – Marci Martin pitched five hitless innings as the St. CharlesCatholic Lady Comets opened District 9-2A play with a 15-0 victory over Ridgewood Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Comets improved to 6-2 overall with the victory. The game wasRidgewood’s season opener.

Martin, 4-2 on the season, allowed only walks to April Bellow in the first and Suzie Mohr in the fifth while striking out nine. She had a string of fivestraight strikeouts in the second and third innings.

Alisha Reine opened the bottom of the first with a walk off Ridgewood starter Rachel Rand, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.

Following a walk to Martin, Reine came in to score on another wild pitch.

Jenny Traina, running for Martin, scored on the Lady Eagles’ third wild pitch of the inning as Jessie Zeringue drew a walk.

Shannon Dolive followed with a bunt in front of the plate. Rand fielded theball but threw past first base, allowing Zeringue to score and Dolive to advance to third. Casey Faust then brought Dolive in with a single to left.Faust would come around to score by stealing second and third, coming in on a wild pitch to give the Lady Comets a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

St. Charles Catholic would add a run in the bottom of the second as Martinled off with a walk. Traina would come around with a steal of second andanother wild pitch.

The Lady Comets built a 12-run cushion with a six-ruin outburst in the third inning. Kristen Oberschmidt and Kristen Clement led off the inningwith singles and Sarah Weber followed with a walk to load the bases.

Reine brought Oberschmidt in with a single to left. Martin then came upand helped herself with a double into the left center field gap, plating Clement and Weber and giving the Lady Comets a 9-0 lead.

Kori Guillory scored Reine and sent Traina to third with a sacrifice fly to center. After a walk by Zeringue, Dolive doubled down the third baseline,scoring Traina.

Pinch hitter Lacey Trepagnier followed with a walk and Oberschmidt hit into a fielder’s choice to score Zeringue with the final run of the inning.

The Lady Comets plated three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Guillory and Zeringue, a triple to the right center field wall by Dolive and a throwing error by shortstop Jackie Levy off the bat of Trepagnier.

Martin got Mandy Dixon to ground out to Oberschmidt at first to end the game in the top of the fifth courtesy of the 10-run rule.

“I am very pleased with the win,” St. Charles Catholic coach Teri Hruskasaid. “Every game is a stepping stone to winning a championship. That iswhere we are trying to go. Every game is important to me and to them. “I thought we came out really focused. The pitching was excellent and wemade the plays when they put the bat on the ball. We were able to give thegirls some playing time. I am happy with that and am pleased with theireffort.”

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